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Quest Software’s Azure Services Video

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In this interview, Dmitry Sotnikov (Director of Cloud Solutions) and Einar Mykletun (Security and Compliance Architect) from Quest Software discuss building Quest’s new OnDemand product line – cloud-based IT management services to help IT professionals manage their on-premise Active Directory and server infrastructure. We talk about what it took to build the services on top […]

Cloud: Microsoft Highlights Windows Azure at PDC10

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With the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2010 coming up on Thursday, the Windows Azure team wants to make sure you know that they’re planning a heavy presence with seminars drilling into every aspect of their cloud platform. Here are some interesting things we noticed about their cloud “cheat sheet” to PDC10. The most interesting […]

Active Directory and the Cloud: A Look at Windows Management in a New Frontier

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I’ve heard both good as well as the bad side of the cloud computing debate: many IT professionals believe that the cloud is not secure, that it commoditizes datacenters, etc. I’ve also heard from the “futurists” in IT about how much everything will change with cloud computing. To be honest with you, it all leaves […]

Microsoft Releases SQL Azure Update

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Microsoft has released an update to SQL Azure with new support for database copying. With SQL Azure Service Update 4, users get the ability to take a snapshot of their database. “This new copy feature is the first step in backup support for SQL Azure, allowing you to get a complete backup of any SQL Azure […]

Microsoft Windows Azure At The Heart Of New San Francisco SaaS

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Cloud computing has plenty of application to fields like telephony, messaging, and even graphics processing. Now the cloud is entering the civics arena with the launch of HeyGov! for San Francisco, a Windows Azure-based SaaS application built by a cloud-centric Microsoft partner. Here’s why HeyGov could be vanguard of cloud moves in municipal government. Developed […]

Microsoft Cloud Computing Podcast: What Is Windows Azure and Why Should I Use It?

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In the following Microsoft cloud computing related podcast Mark Kottke, Principal Consultant at Microsoft, and Chris Henley, Senior IT Professional Evangelist with Microsoft discuss early adopter customer experiences with Windows Azure, SQL Azure and Microsoft Cloud Services. To learn more and download the podcast please visit: Bytes by TechNet: Mark Kottke and Chris Henley on […]

New PHP Drivers for SQL Server Support Improved BI, Connection to SQL Azure

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Microsoft is announcing an important interoperability milestone: the release of the Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0!! The major highlight of this release is the addition of the PDO_SQLSRV driver, which adds support for PHP Data Objects (PDO). The PHP community has signaled that PDO is the future as it removes data access complexity […]

Windows Azure Training and Virtual Lab

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In this virtual lab, you will create a fully functional Windows Azure application from scratch. In the process, you will become familiar with several important components of the Windows Azure architecture including Web Roles, Worker Roles, and Windows Azure storage. You will also learn how to integrate a Windows Azure application with Windows Live ID […]

6 Questions For Accenture’s Cloud Computing Captain

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Accenture has a multi-pronged plan of attack for cloud computing. The New York-based solution provider is attacking the cloud on several fronts, whether it’s from strategy, consulting, systems integration or its own brand of software, Accenture has a cloud offering for all clients. But along with making it perfectly clear what it is in the […]

The Healing Nature of Cloud Computing

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While acquisitions of software vendors are usually filled with unlimited potential for the buyers, customers are often left trying to integrate applications that have dramatically different code basis and user interfaces. Software vendors have generally expected most customers to just grin and bear it. Of course, most customers typically opted not to add the vendor’s […]

YAH – MSDN Subscriber Benefits for Windows Azure Double

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The benefits for MSDN subscribers have now doubled the initial Windows Azure benefits by extending the offer from eight months to 16 months. Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark subscribers get 750/hours per month of compute time, 10 GB storage, and a million transactions per month. Also included are AppFabric, Data Transfer, and three SQL Server instances. […]

Why Microsoft’s PC-Inspired Cloud Strategy Might Work

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I wrote a few weeks ago that “Microsoft taught the world how to succeed in PC and business software, but it might [be] teaching the world how to not succeed in cloud computing” However, that’s a fate it could avoid if it just delivered on a clear vision. As I point out in my weekly […]

Forget Azure Appliance. Think Azure Services From Dell And HP

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Microsoft’s Azure Appliance announcement made a big splash at the Microsoft Partner Conference, but the meat of the announcement is that HP and Dell will be hosting Azure-based cloud services and providing the consulting to help their customers identify, prepare and move some workloads into an Azure-based cloud service. The appliance, more aptly described as […]

On-Premise Microsoft Azure: An Inevitable Milestone in Azure’s Evolution

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On Tuesday at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Azure Platform Appliance. Since Azure was first announced, I had been advising clients that an on-premise Azure offering was only a matter of time. With Tuesday’s announcement, Microsoft took a first step toward an Azure platform that is capable of […]

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